Leonardo DiCaprio Wants Another 'Island of Dr. Moreau' Remake
Always eager to show man's effect on the environment, ecologically-minded Leonardo Dicaprio will reveal the dangers of tampering with nature by recreating the great Brando-spilling disaster of 1996, The Island of Dr. Moreau. Deadline reports DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran have hired Hemlock Grove writers Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy to write a new adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel, last filmed by John Frankenheimer in a notoriously-problematic production that involved Brando, Val Kilmer, and pounds of pancake makeup.
The original1896 book, which tells of an isolated scientist's experiments in creating man-animal hybrids, had been adapted another five times before the '96 fiasco, most famously with Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi in 1932's Island of Lost Souls and in 1997 with Burt Lancaster and Michael York. This latest take will reportedly re-imagine the story to modernize everything but perhaps the primordial dwarfism, imbuing it with "a topical ecological message." Drive a Prius; don't create any more cat men; etc.
As of now, there aren't any set plans for DiCaprio to get really fat and star, but that would obviously be great.